I don’t know about the Amel “chrome plated” bushing, but I can suggest that--in general--chrome plating is not a great solution for hardening a shaft under a lip seal. Yes, it is hard and doesn’t wear. And it LOOKS shiny and smooth, but over time develops tiny cracks that make its surface rough at a micro-level that causes the rubber lip of the seals to wear faster. So the seals don’t wear the shaft, the shaft wears the seals. Might be better than plain bronze, but not a perfect choice.
I wonder why this part is made of bronze? It is a marginal material as far as hardness under a lip seal. Ok, it’s not really marginal, it is quite a bit softer than seal maker specifications. Not about to change it, but I do wonder what the reasoning was?
I don’t think anybody has suggested that sleeves should be added to a new bearing to eliminate water intrusion. You are absolutely right, that would NOT be a good use for them. If seals leak while following the recommended service interval with a new bearing, installation technique is suspect, and sleeves will NOT help.
Sleeves CAN be used to rehabilitate a worn out wearing out bearing to get longer life from it. That’s what they are made for, and thats what they are good at.
I do not believe they significantly change the service interval for the lower c-drive shaft seal. Based on Harmonie’s maintenance data even if the sleeves are not worn, the seals themselves need to be replaced at the recommended interval.
They do go all the way on without cutting or machining. They should NOT be altered in any way. I can post a picture of a sleeved bearing if people really don’t believe it. Unfortunately I don’t have one that needs sleeving so can’t post the process, but I don’t remember any magic, just followed instructions.
All that said….this really is a minor deal. It’s €150 for a new bearing. It’s $70 for two speedi sleeves. If anybody has ANY doubt whatsoever, just call Amel and get a new bearing and throw it away with the seals after 800 hours. We all know THAT works!
SM #160, Harmonie
On the Hard, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Splashing Wednesday…. we hope!
“Ships and men rot in port."
That is the VERY REASON that I have not tried Speedi Sleeves. I assume the
reason for using the sleeves is to get longer life out of the wear bushing.
Since I service the C Drive and Bow Thruster every two years when hauled
out for antifouling, I cannot justify adding a Speedi Sleeve or two. If you
add Speedi Sleeves because you want to eliminate water intrusion, I
suggest that you should review the service procedure. When it's done
correctly, there will not be intrusion.
Now, that said, Amel accidentally shipped what I believe is a test
prototype of a wear bushing with chrome plating where the seals ride on the
bushing. I have not been able to get the story behind this chrome plated
wear bushing from Amel. The person who has this part is going to try it
shortly, but it will probably be a year or two before he has any reportable
Does anyone in the Group have any inside information on this partially
chrome plated wear bushing? Maybe he shouldn't try it?
BeBe Amel 53 #387
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On Dec 3, 2016 6:59 PM, "'sailormon' kimberlite@...
*The excess sleeve that hangs over the wearing out bearing can easily be
removed with a dremel tool. Takes a minute.*
*Also I was able to get the two sleeves to butt up against each other ,
Unfortunately I forgot how.*
*Why not just buy a few new ones from Amel they are only 149 euros each?*
*Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376*
*From:* firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:amelyachtowners@
*Sent:* Saturday, December 03, 2016 5:12 PM
*Subject:* Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Wearing out bearing
Thanks a lot for providing details. That is very important.
I do not have the sleeves yet. I am just thinking how can I install two
sleeves on the bushing. The wear bushing is 28 mm long plus 2 mm chamfer.
That is total 30 mm.
A sleeve with a flange is 17 mm long.  ; A sleeve without a flange is
14 mm. There will be a gap between the sleevs 1 mm or more. Totally two
sleeves will cover cove 17+14+1=32 mm.
Therefore the second sleeve will cover the chamfer and overhang the wear
bushing by 2 mm.
Is this correct??
On Dec 3, 2016 7:52 AM, "sangaris@... [amelyachtowners]" <
It sounds like the issue is that you are tr ying to push on the edge of
the sleeve, which is incorrect. You must only push on the flange, never on
the edge of the sleeve. No special tools needed.
You install the first sleeve with the flange side down, that is, the
flange goes on first and you do not remove that flange. Again, you are
pushing on the flange, not the edge. You then cut a notch in the flange of
the second sleeve and then put it on again flange first, sliding it down so
it is very close to the first one. Again, you only push on the flanges, not
the edge of the sleeve. Finally, you take a pliers and remove the flange of
the second sleeve (not the first sleeve). There will be a small gap between
the two sleeves after you remove the flange - not a problem as no seals rub
Hope that helps,
Cheers, Craig, SN#68 S angaris
---In email@example.com, wrote :
I have reviewed the instructions. Instructions are not applicable for our
Instructions recommend to push Speedi sleeves by the flange. It will not
work for us. Because the first sleeve should contact a bushing shoulder by
it's edge after the flange is removed. That is additional 2.99 mm. Similar
situation is with a second sleeve. It should contact the end of the first
sleeve after the flange is removed. Both sleeves have to be pushed for 2.99
mm by force that is applied on a sleeve edge. The edges are very thin. You
need a special tool that slides with minimum clerance on the outer edge of
the sleeve with a step to smaller diameter that slids on the wear bushing.
That tool has to be made. It will cost probubly $100.00 or $200.00. The
edge of the sleeve should not be damaged during installation. If sleev's
edge is damaged it can cut a seal during installation.
Perhaps Speedi sleeve option is not practical in our application because
sleeve's installation has to deviat from SKF instructions.
SM # 345